The BBC Good Food Show Winter is in full swing at the NEC and if you’re about to visit I’d like to introduce you to three artisan producers, Warner Edwards, Ross and Ross Food and Just Oil.
Warner Edwards gin distillery was set up in 2012 by best friends Tom Warner and Sion Edwards, in a 200 year old converted barn in Northamptonshire. To create their award-winning spirit, they source and use the local natural spring water and do everything themselves by hand, from making their gin to the bottling and unique wax seal.
This will be the first time they have exhibited at BBC Good Food Show, at stand E30, and they are very excited as you can see from this photo taken by blogger Dine Birmingham!
Tom Warner said: “We are going to the show because it is a great platform for us to introduce our gin to the general public. They can hear first-hand our passion about the product and sample how nice it is before buying a bottle. We are looking forward to the WOW reaction the most, this is when people realise we make it and say WOW and then they try the gin and say WOW. It really makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
To celebrate their first anniversary Warner Edwards will be launching their latest gin creation, a Sloe gin, created with the help of their “berry brigade” of fruit pickers who hand-picked sloes to donate in the Warner Edwards Great British Sloe Swap. This is a twist on bartering where people swapped their sloes for personalised bottles of the new gin.
To soak up the sloe gin head over to stand E93 in The Producers Village where you will find winners of the BBC Good Food Show Bursary Scheme, Ross and Ross Food. The duo are launching their new Man Food gift boxes at the show, packed with their award winning patés and terrines made in the Cotswolds.
It has already been quite a year for the former chefs Ross Bearman and Ross Whitmill. They have become BBC Good Food Show Midland Street Food winners and finalists in the Cotswold Life Best Local Producer. They currently supply their award winning potted meats, cutting terrines and street food to a number of local retailers along with Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
Another tasty treat worth trying are Just Crisps. The potatoes are grown on a farm in Staffordshire and the starch is washed off for that softer bite before they are cooked in Just Cold pressed rapeseed oil. Their mature cheddar and red onion, sea salt and apple Balsamic vinegar and jalapeno flavours join the sea salt and black pepper that have scooped awards from both the Heart of England Fine Foods and Guild of Fine Food. They are teasing their Facebook fans and Twitter followers about a new product launch, so check out F84 to see what it is.
Whoever you meet and whatever you taste and buy, I hope that you have a great time exploring the BBC Good Food Show Winter.